Archives for December 2016

MPs CRITICAL OF TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 December, 2016

A Select Parliamentary Committee has challenged the effectiveness of the Troubled Families programme and criticised the Communities Department for its handling of the evaluation report.

The programme, launched in 2012, aimed to improve the way public services responded to need by focusing on the family as a unit and through overcoming the siloed organisational structure by adopting a team approach to providing support. Pilot projects, launched in 2010, as part of the Total Place initiative, produced outstanding results from early intervention and a team approach, with a team leader assigned to each family. The cost savings of the pilots were substantial.

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ACHIEVING THE WATCHER REVIEW’S GOALS DEPENDS ON GETTING INTEROPERABILITY RIGHT

Features, PublicNet: 16 December, 2016

Content management specialist SynApps Solutions’ Gary Britnell discusses the biggest problem NHS IT leaders have right now: getting computers to talk to each other.

“If I had any one piece of advice for the NHS around going digital, it’s to get interoperability right from the start. We have hospitals in the US that have great computers, but where 95% of the systems can’t talk to each other.”

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EXTRA FUNDING LEAVES SOCIAL CARE IN DEEP CRISIS

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 December, 2016

The government has announced an extra £3.5b funding for social care in England up to 2020. The announcement has met with responses ranging from derision to anger.

Much of the extra funding will come from council tax rises, but there is ambiguity about how the total increase will be found.

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CITY SMARTCARDS GIVE BETTR ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 December, 2016

Research from Matica Technologies AG shows that nearly two-thirds of citizens in four EU countries believe that access to multiple public services through a single smartcard is essential for effective service delivery in their local area.

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TRANSITION FROM MANUAL TO AUTOMATIC SCHEDULING: A STEPPED APPROACHED

Features, PublicNet: 2 December, 2016

Service organisations with relatively few field staff can work efficiently with a paper based system for allocating tasks. In this feature John Cameron explains how semi and fully automatic scheduling systems can help the larger organizations to cope with the complexities.

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Headlines, PublicNet: 1 December, 2016

PUBLIC SECTOR JOB SATISFACTION AT FOUR YEAR HIGH

Job satisfaction in the public sector is at its highest level in four years according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook report.

The survey found that two-thirds of staff in the public sector were satisfied with their jobs. This is the highest level for that sector since autumn 2012. However, public sector employees still report higher levels of pressure and exhaustion at work than any other sector. Two in five public sector workers say they are under excessive pressure at work at least once a week and nearly half say they come home from work exhausted either always or often. This compares with 33%of employees across all sectors.

Claire McCartney, Associate Research Adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, commented: “It’s fantastic to see such a leap in job satisfaction in the public sector since our last survey in the spring, Previous research has shown that the public sector also has the highest levels of absence and number of employees coming into work ill by some margin, so it’s crucial that employers address these issues before workers burn out and satisfaction levels take a nose dive.”

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